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Police issue business crime reduction advice

Police have revealed that there has been a recent increase in the number of break-ins at businesses within Suffolk and around the region.

Police issue business crime reduction advice.
Police issue business crime reduction advice.

In order to reduce the risk of burglary at businesses, police have issued the following crime reduction points:

  • Have a written procedure to ensure that the building is always secure, especially when unoccupied, and ensure all staff are aware of these procedures. This should include a reminder to check all doors, including fire doors and ensure that the alarm has been set.
  • Ensure the perimeter of the premises is secure, especially at the rear. If not, consider whether robust gates or fences could be installed.
  • Ensure all fire doors are robust and secure.
  • Make sure all vulnerable doors and windows, especially those out of view, are covered by sturdy shutters and that loading area shutters are sturdy and secure.
  • Make sure that CCTV has been checked recently to ensure that it is working and providing images that allow the opportunity for identification or prosecution, from all main areas.
  • Make sure that all alarms and CCTV are monitored. Check how long could someone be in the building prior to activating the alarm, bear in mind that attacks may be made through the shell or roof of the building.
  • Consider higher levels of security such as fogging devices, roof grilles and roof alarms.
  • Think about restricting easy access to the building roof, i.e. anti-climb paint, or hostile toppings.
  • Ensure staff know how to report an incident and suspicious activity to police.
  • Staff should wear identification badges whilst at work and anyone without an identification badge should be challenged.
  • All visitors should have temporary identification and be supervised by a member of staff.

For more information go to www.suffolk.police.uk/advice

Further business advice can be found here

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Non-urgent matters call 101.

Alternatively - report something anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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